• From left: Tank Girl, Ten Canoes, Gattaca, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
When it comes to movies, there's something for everybody on SBS, SBS VICELAND, NITV and SBS On Demand. Find out what's screening where and when.
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SBS Movies

5 Mar 2020 - 2:21 PM  UPDATED 5 Mar 2020 - 4:54 PM

FOR THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS ON SBS WORLD MOVIES
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 9 - 15 March
Your guide to some of the stories from around the world, screening on Australia's own HD SBS World Movies channel (Digital channel 32).

MONDAY 9 MARCH

Ella
11:00am, NITV

G
Australia, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Douglas Watkin
What's it about?
Ella Havelka made history in 2013 by becoming the first Indigenous dancer at the 50-year-old Australian Ballet. A descendant of the Wiradjuri people, Ella charts her inspiring journey from growing up in modest circumstances as the only child of a single mother in rural Australia to gaining entry to National Ballet School, then spending formative years with the acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre before accepting the invitation of The Australian Ballet's artistic director David McAllister to join one of the world's foremost ballet companies.

Wiradjuri Ballet dancer, Ella Havelka

TUESDAY 10 MARCH

Sunny and the Dark Horse
12:00pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 1987
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall
What's it about?
The story of an Aboriginal stockman, Sunny Bancroft, and his family at Collum Collum and their growing enthusiasm for "picnic races" on bush tracks in New South Wales. The film follows Sunny and his wife Liz, in their search for a winning horse to triumph on the local picnic racing circuit – but things don't always go their way.

A Gang Story
12:40am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
France, 2011
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: French
Director: Olivier Marchal
Starring: Gerard Lanvin, Tcheky Karyo, Daniel Duval, Dimitri Storoge
What's it about?
After growing up in a poor gypsy camp, Edmond Vidal, aka Momon (Lanvin), has retained a sense of family, unfailing loyalty and pride in his origins. Most of all, he has remained friends with Serge Suttel (Karyo), with whom he first discovered prison life - for stealing cherries. The two of them inevitably got involved in organised crime. The team they formed, the Ganf Des Lyonnais, made them the most notorious armed robbers of the early 1970s. 

WEDNESDAY 11 MARCH

Message from Mungo
12:30pm, NITV

G
Australia, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Andrew Pike, Ann McGrath
What's it about?
Lake Mungo is an ancient Pleistocene lake-bed in south-western New South Wales, and is one of the world’s richest archaeological sites. This documentary focuses on the interface over the last 40 years between the scientists on one hand, and, on the other, the Indigenous communities who identify with the land and with the human remains revealed at the site.

Tank Girl
9:25pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1995
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Language: English, Chinese
Director: Rachel Talalay
Starring: Lori Petty, Ice-T, Naomi Watts, Malcolm McDowell, Iggy Pop
What's it about?
In this cult futuristic comedy-thriller, a mega-villain (McDowell) controls the world's water supply, and it's up to Tank Girl (Petty) and her outrageous cohorts to end his greedy reign. Based on the comic by Alan Martin & Jamie Hewlett.

The Movie Show reviews Tank Girl (Episode 17, 1995)

Sharknado
11:20pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Anthony C. Ferrante
Starring: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard, Jason Simmons, Cassie Scerbo, Audrey Peeples
What's it about?
A freak hurricane hits Los Angeles, causing man-eating sharks to be scooped up in tornadoes and flooding the city with shark-infested seawater. Surfer and bar-owner Fin (Ziering) sets out with his friends Baz (Simmons) and Nova (Scerbo) to rescue his estranged wife April (Reid) and teenage daughter Claudia (Peeples).

THURSDAY 12 MARCH

Dark Age
9:35pm, NITV

MA15+
Australia, 1987
Genre: Horror, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Arch Nicholson
Starring: Burnham Burnham, David Gulpilil, John Jarratt, Nikki Coghill, Max Phipps
What's it about?
A pair of rangers (Burnham & Gulpilil) help Steve (John Jarratt) search for a giant killer crocodile. Their mission? To try and safely relocate the sacred croc to a wildlife sanctuary before a bunch of bloodthirsty redneck poachers find it first.

Revenge of the Pink Panther
12:40am, SBS VICELAND

PG
UK, USA, 1978
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Language: English, French
Director: Blake Edwards
Starring: Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Dyan Cannon, Robert Webber, Robert Loggia
What's it about?
Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Sellers) is dead. At least that is what the world—and Charles Dreyfus (Lom)—believe when a dead body is discovered in Clouseau's car after being shot off the road. Naturally, Clouseau knows differently and, taking advantage of not being alive, sets out to discover why an attempt was made on his life.

FRIDAY 13 MARCH

Battle for Terra
7:45PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Saturday 14 March)

PG
USA, 2007
Genre: Science Fiction, Animation, Action
Language: English
Director: Aristomenis Tsirbas
Starring (voices of): Danny Glover, Brian Cox, James Garner, Evan Rachel Wood, Chris Evans
What's it about?
A peaceful alien planet faces annihilation, as the homeless remainder of the human race sets its eyes on Terra. Mala, a rebellious Terrian teenager, will do everything she can to stop it.

Maliglutit (The Searchers)
9:15PM, NITV

M
Canada, 2016
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Language: Inuktitut
Director: Zacharias Kunuk
Starring: Benjamin Kunuk, Joey Sarpinak, Jocelyne Immaroitok, Karen Ivalu
What's it about?
Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) returns with this Arctic epic inspired by the classic John Ford western The Searchers, about a vengeful husband who sets off in pursuit of the violent men who kidnapped his wife and destroyed his home.

Paris Can Wait
10:55pm, SBS

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Romance
Language: French, English
Director: Eleanor Coppola
Starring: Diane Lane, Alec Baldwin, Arnaud Viard
What's it about?
Anne (Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successfully driven but inattentive movie producer (Baldwin), she finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband (Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a journey of discovery involving picturesque sights, fine food and wine, humor, wisdom, and much more.

SATURDAY 14 MARCH

Fearless
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

M
China, 2006
Genre: Martial Arts, History
Language: Mandarin
Director: Ronny Yu
Starring: Jet Li, Nakamura Shidou, Sun Li, Dong Yong
What's it about?
Jet Li stars as the famed martial arts fighter Huo Yuanjia, who became the most famous fighter in China at the turn of the 20th century. Huo faced personal tragedy but ultimately fought his way out of darkness and into history, defining the true spirit of martial arts.

Ten Canoes
8:30pm, NITV

M
Australia, 2006
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Language: Ganalbingu
Director: Rolf de Heer
Starring: Richard Birrinbirrin, Jamie Gulpilil, Crusoe Kurddal
What's it about?
An elder of an Indigenous tribe in the Northern Territory realises a young man in the group covets the beautiful young wife of another elder. To teach him the proper way, the elder tells the youngster a story from the mythical past, about a man who had no wife. Directed by Rolf de Heer (The TrackerBad Boy Bubby).

Ten Canoes: Review (✰✰✰✰✰)

Twelve Canoes
10:00pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 2009
Genre: Drama, Omnibus Film
Language: English
Director: Rolf de Heer, Molly Reynolds
What's it about?
A series of short films that paint a compelling portrait of the people, history, culture and place of the Yolngu people whose homeland is the Arafura Swamp of north-central Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.

Twelve Canoes

Charlie Wilson's War
9:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2007
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: English
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman
What's it about?
In the early 1980s, US Congressman Charlie Wilson (Hanks), Texas socialite Joanne Herring (Roberts) and CIA agent Gust Avrakotos (Hoffman) form an unlikely alliance to boost funding for Afghan freedom fighters in their war against invading Soviets. The trio's successful efforts to finance these covert operations contributes to the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. From director Mike Nichols (The GraduateCloser).

Charlie Wilson's War: Review (✰✰✰✰)

The Final Girls
10:25pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat, Thomas Middleditch
What's it about?
A young woman (Farmiga) grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom's most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film's maniacal killer.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
12:05am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1992
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: David Lynch
Starring: Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, Mädchen Amick, David Bowie, Kyle Maclachlan
What's it about?
In this prequel to David Lynch’s cult television series, a young FBI agent disappears while investigating a murder miles from Twin Peaks that may be related to the future murder of Laura Palmer. Critically savaged upon its Cannes premiere and initial theatrical release, this precursor to the events in Lynch's cult TV series has grown in reputation with time.

Interview with David Lynch from Cannes on Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (The Movie Show, Episode 37, 1993)
David Lynch: Vice Guide To Film

SUNDAY 15 MARCH

Code 46
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2003
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton, Togo Igawa, Om Puri, Jeanne Balibar
What's it about?
In a futuristic world, an insurance investiagtor (Robbins) embarks on a brief but dangerous affair with a woman (Morton) wanted for holding a fake DNA identity and passport. He overlooks her crime but soon finds out that she stands accused of violating a reproductive code. From director Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, 

Bee Nation
9:35pm, NITV

PG
Canada, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Lana Slezic
What's it about?
Through the first province-wide First Nations Spelling Bee in Saskatchewan, a group of students have an opportunity to compete against the nation’s best at the Toronto finals.

Gattaca
10:20PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1997
Genre: Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Andrew Niccol
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law
What's it about?
In the 21st century, genetic engineering makes possible the creation of biologically superior human specimens ("valids"), who then grow to positions of power and prestige. Would-be astronaut Vincent (Hawke) born the old-fashioned way, can only hope for a janitorial position at the elite Gattaca Corporation – until he buys the blood, urine, and identity of a perfect but paralysed athlete (Law).

David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz review Gattaca: Review (The Movie Show, Episode 36, 1997)

The Return of the Pink Panther
12:15am, SBS VICELAND

G
UK, 1975
Genre: Mystery, Comedy, Crime
Language: English
Director: Blake Edwards
Starring: Peter Sellers, Christopher Plummer, Catherine Schell, Herbert Lom
What's it about?
The famous Pink Panther jewel has once again been stolen and Inspector Clouseau is called in to catch the thief. The Inspector is convinced that 'The Phantom' has returned and utilises all of his resources – himself and his Asian manservant – to reveal the identity of 'The Phantom'.

 

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